2014 Sochi athlete spotlight - Mikaela Shiffrin

Tuned Ski fans and coaches went cross-eyed when Mikaela Shiffrin landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season – at age 16 – and then blew the world apart with a World Championship slalom gold medal and the World Cup slalom title during her sophomore year.




In only her second full season on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Shiffrin nabbed World Champs slalom gold, four World Cup slalom wins (six podiums) and capped the winter with a legendary, come-from-behind victory in the final race of the season to clinch the slalom title.


— US Ski Team

Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS PORTRAIT SKIING)
Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah
Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS PORTRAIT SKIING)
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Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: #parkcitychillin #homeworkbreak #duckfacecauseican #noduckface
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: #parkcitychillin #homeworkbreak #duckfacecauseican #noduckface
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Takin care of (media) business in NYC, but still gotta get my work out in!
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Takin care of (media) business in NYC, but still gotta get my work out in!
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Takin care of (media) business in NYC, but still gotta get my work out in!
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Got some sailing in this afternoon! Just missed the rainstorm #windyday #overcast #parkcity
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Got some sailing in this afternoon! Just missed the rainstorm #windyday #overcast #parkcity
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Got some sailing in this afternoon! Just missed the rainstorm #windyday #overcast #parkcity
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA foreruns th emen's Giant Slalom at the Audi FIS World Cup on December 2, 2012 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA foreruns th emen's Giant Slalom at the Audi FIS World Cup on December 2, 2012 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA foreruns th emen's Giant Slalom at the Audi FIS World Cup on December 2, 2012 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Last few hours with my beloved King Arthur... but on the super bright side I'll be skiing in two days!!!! #roadtosochi #rs5 #wantanr8 #thanksaudi #newzealand
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Last few hours with my beloved King Arthur... but on the super bright side I'll be skiing in two days!!!! #roadtosochi #rs5 #wantanr8 #thanksaudi #newzealand
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Last few hours with my beloved King Arthur... but on the super bright side I'll be skiing in two days!!!! #roadtosochi #rs5 #wantanr8 #thanksaudi #newzealand
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Hard at work in LA with @barillaus #santamonicabeach #palmtrees #pasta
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Hard at work in LA with @barillaus #santamonicabeach #palmtrees #pasta
Instagram @mikaelashiffrin: Hard at work in LA with @barillaus #santamonicabeach #palmtrees #pasta
Twitter @MikaelaShiffrin
Twitter @MikaelaShiffrin
Twitter @MikaelaShiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States of America celebrates winning the Women's Slalom during the Alpine FIS Ski World Championships on February 16, 2013 in Schladming, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States of America celebrates winning the Women's Slalom during the Alpine FIS Ski World Championships on February 16, 2013 in Schladming, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States of America celebrates winning the Women's Slalom during the Alpine FIS Ski World Championships on February 16, 2013 in Schladming, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes the globe for the overall World Cup Slalom during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes the globe for the overall World Cup Slalom during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes the globe for the overall World Cup Slalom during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin leaves the "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on March 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin leaves the "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on March 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin leaves the "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on March 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mikaela Shiffrin
Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Alpine Skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on October 2, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Alpine Skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on October 2, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Alpine Skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on October 2, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SCHLADMING, AUSTRIA - FEBRUARY 16: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA wins the gold medal during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Women's Slalom on February 16, 2013 in Schladming, Austria. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Women's Slalom - Alpine FIS Ski World Championships
SCHLADMING, AUSTRIA - FEBRUARY 16: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA wins the gold medal during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Women's Slalom on February 16, 2013 in Schladming, Austria. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
OFTERSCHWANG, GERMANY - MARCH 09: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on March 9, 2013 in Ofterschwang, Germany. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Audi FIS World Cup - Women's Giant Slalom
OFTERSCHWANG, GERMANY - MARCH 09: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on March 9, 2013 in Ofterschwang, Germany. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin clears a gate during the second run of the women's slalom, at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Saturday, Feb.16, 2013. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women's slalom world champion in 39 years on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin clears a gate during the second run of the women's slalom, at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Saturday, Feb.16, 2013. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women's slalom world champion in 39 years on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin clears a gate during the second run of the women's slalom, at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Saturday, Feb.16, 2013. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women's slalom world champion in 39 years on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
LENZERHEIDE, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 16: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Audi FIS World Cup - Women's Slalom
LENZERHEIDE, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 16: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 16, 2013 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin mimics her pre-race preparation during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS PORTRAIT SKIING HEADSHOT)
Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin mimics her pre-race preparation during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah
Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin mimics her pre-race preparation during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS PORTRAIT SKIING HEADSHOT)
Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS PORTRAIT SKIING)
Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah
Olympic alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS PORTRAIT SKIING)

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